Growing Plants in Containers

Have you ever had a pet frog, a bird, a hamster, or a goldfish?  If so, you have some idea of what caring for a potted plant is all about.  Constant vigilance, really.  You want to feed it, but not t...

Tactile Plants

Everyone loves petting zoos, especially kids, and I was just wondering if, maybe alongside them, petting gardens would be appropriate. A petting garden would feature leaves with furry, fuzzy, bumpy, ...

The Pluot Revolution

“I was visiting my parents in Modesto and we picked up some delicious pluots at a local fruit stand. Since my Santa Rosa plum has rarely bloomed or produced fruit, I was interested in replacing it wi...

Favorite Red Flowers

Red is the most powerful color.  If you put it near your front door, you will quickly tire of it.   A red hedge of roses or poinsettias looks good when you are moving, whether down a path or down a r...

Migrant Fragrances

Can you imagine a garden with nothing but fragrant plants?  It’s a most reasonable proposition, really.  You can easily fill a garden with upright and prostrate rosemary and a dozen types of lavender...

Pruning Trees and Roses

Historically speaking, tree pruning is a relatively recent phenomenon, developed as a necessity when trees began to be planted in close proximity to where people lived, worked, or congregated. It’s j...

Bells of Ireland and other Delights

For years, I had seen bells of Ireland in seed and plant catalogues – at least before plant catalogues, much like daily newspapers, became an endangered species. Every time I saw its picture, I imagi...